ON THE PERSONAL SIDE
Ibrahim: Seeing World AIDS Day in Color
"Before this year, World AIDS Day for me was something black and white," writes Ibrahim, an HIV-positive Middle Eastern man living in the U.S. But once he started blogging at TheBody.com and seeing comments from all over the world, his vision changed: "I see now the full range of colors representing the many nationalities that are concerned with this issue," he writes. In this blog entry, Ibrahim reflects on what World AIDS Day celebrates, all the various people it remembers and the future it hopes to bring.
River Huston: AIDS, a Love Story
"Deep inside there is a sadness that the boundaries of my life have been marked out by HIV. There is no walking away from it. Since HIV has the possibility of being manageable, many of my comrades have decided to take different paths -- and along with the U.S. as a whole, put HIV on the back burner," writes blogger and long-term HIV survivor River Huston. "No matter how much I wanted to be seen as a writer, performer, educator, artist, etc., my life has and always will be informed by HIV. It is not a banner I wave, just a reality I accept."
Last month, TheBody.com asked, "If you had the chance to create your own World AIDS Day HIV awareness public service announcement (PSA), what would you say? What message would you want to get across?" We sent out a call for video PSAs to answer those questions, and you responded!
We picked our favorite entries, and now it's time for you to pick yours. Watch the videos and rate each from 1 to 5. We'll announce the videos with the highest overall scores on World AIDS Day, Dec. 1.
HIV TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION
Daily Dose of Truvada Reduces HIV Infection Risk by 44 Percent Among Gay Men, Study Finds
A daily dose of Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) appears to reduce the risk of HIV infection among gay men by about 44 percent, according to the results of a large international study. The study (called iPrEx) found that the protective effect of Truvada increased with stricter adherence (i.e., the less often a person missed a dose).
A Doctor's Analysis of the iPrEx Truvada-for-Prevention Study Results
HIV experts are buzzing over the newly published results of the iPrEx study. Although the findings are thrilling, they also raise some important questions, including the cost of taking Truvada for prevention and how well the strategy would really work outside of a study. Paul Sax, M.D., offers a doctor's perspective on the story.
The Future of PrEP: Questions and Next Steps Following the iPrEx Study
Waves from the iPrEx study results are quickly rippling across the world. Some within the HIV/AIDS community are concerned that, unless the results are taken into context, they could lead HIV-negative people to flock to Truvada in ways that are unwise or unsafe. In this article, the HIV/AIDS organization Project Inform offers its advice on the iPrEx findings, and discusses some unresolved concerns about using HIV meds as a prevention tool.
Global HIV/AIDS Pandemic Update Reveals Gains, But Many Obstacles
The number of new HIV infections "has dropped by about one-fifth over the past decade, but millions of people are still missing out on major progress in prevention and treatment," according to UNAIDS' newly released annual report on the HIV/AIDS pandemic, Agence France-Presse reports. The report states that 2.6 million people worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2009, an infection rate about 19 percent lower than it was in 1999.
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Lee (From South Carolina) on "The Benefits of Living With HIV"
(Comment posted Nov. 18)
"This beautifully captures all of the emotions I have come to feel as I have dealt with HIV since 1993. I am happier than I have ever been, despite of, or maybe because of, my diagnosis. I also would note that yoga, which I have been actively practicing for the last 3 years, has also been a blessing. Namaste, and I wish you much continued happiness!"
Read the rest of Lee's comment and join the discussion on this article!
HIV NEWS & VIEWS
Pope Says Condoms Are Justified in Some Cases to Prevent HIV Infection
"Pope Benedict XVI says in a new book that condoms can be justified for ... prostitutes seeking to stop the spread of HIV, a stunning comment for a church criticized for its opposition to condoms and for a pontiff who has blamed them for making the AIDS crisis worse," the Associated Press/Washington Post reports.
What Do You Think Is the Best Way to Fight HIV/AIDS Stigma?
Stigma: It could be the greatest barrier we face in the fight against HIV/AIDS. So how do we eliminate it -- in our communities and on a global level? We asked members of the worldwide HIV/AIDS community to offer their ideas; read what they had to say, and share your own ideas!
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